best dslr for product photography

Need the best dslr for product photography? No matter you take product photos for Amazon or Instagram, what budget or skills you have, this list of best camera for diy photography will be useful for you. 

best dslr for product photography

5. Canon EOS Rebel T7i

I am going to start this list with a model that will make beginner photographers happy, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i. For product photography, this camera can hold itself off, especially when combined with a good lens. Let’s take a closer look.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor. This sensor has proven throughout the years to deliver priceless photographs, and here it is no different. It also has the Digic 7 image processor that works rather well, despite being replaced by the Digic 8 in the later models.

the autofocus performance is pretty good with Canon’s  45 cross-type points that delivered a speedy and sensitive performance down to -3EV. Also, the Dual Pixel AF worked pretty well. The ISO worked well up to the 3600 range but going higher resulted in increased noise.

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4. Sony Alpha a6000

Moving on we have the Sony Alpha a6000 which might be an old model by today’s standards but delivers exceptional value for the price. I have to admit that I am a bit biased towards this camera since I have used this for a long time, and I still use it as a backup camera from time to time.

While it is a bit old it doesn’t lack in the sensor department, like the Sony Alpha a6000 rocks a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor that captures detail to perfection. The image processor is the Bionz X and it has managed to deliver some beautiful photographs throughout the years.

This was one of the first cameras in the market that utilized a hybrid autofocus system, which can still deliver adequate performance even today. It has 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase-detect points that do a perfect job. The low light performance is good enough with an ISO setting that goes up to 25,600. Overall I can say that this camera delivers a superb performance, especially for product photography.

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3. Sony a7R III

Coming up next I have the Sony a7R III, which is one of the best and most advanced cameras in the market, but it is a little expensive. Then again if you can afford its premium price point, you will have one of the most advanced cameras in the market, delivering you a dreamy performance.

The Sony a7R III is packed with a full-frame stacked 42MP BSI-CMOS image sensor that combines perfectly in harmony with the Bionz X image processing engine that is super fast and has low noise performance. On top of that, the dynamic range with 15-stops delivers a priceless performance at low sensitivity.

The focusing system of this camera is top of the crop. Utilizing 399 phase-detect points and 425 contrast-detect points to deliver great coverage and a speedy focusing. Taking into consideration, the ISO range that goes from 100 to 32,000 with low noise at higher settings you got yourself a beast.

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2. Nikon D7200

The runner up in this category is the Nikon D7200, which is one of the best enthusiast-level cameras in the market. This camera has all the necessary features and performances to get you through any product photography gig and a lot more.

Let’s start by mentioning that this camera is equipped with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor that has no anti-aliasing filter. This crop sensor works rather well with the Expeed 4 image processor as it delivers some detailed photographs with great color regardless of the scenario.

This enthusiast-level DSLR is packed with a contrast-detect autofocus sensor that takes aid from the phase detect sensor to deliver a fast and sensitive focusing performance. It has 51 focus points and it works perfectly with the manual focus mode. The ISO range spans from 100 to 25,600 and on higher ISO settings it has a low amount of digital noise. Combined with the battery life of 1100 shots, this camera will be your favorite.

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1. Fujifilm X-T3

On top of our list, we have the Fujifilm X-T3. When it was first released this camera didn’t come as a surprise as we already expect Fuji to drop something perfect. On top of that, it is a value-rich package, coming in with an 18-55mm lens kit if you click in the link, delivering the most for your hard-earned money.

The biggest selling point of the Fujifilm X-T3 is that it comes with a brand new fourth-generation 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS sensor, that does wonders. On top of that this camera has the excellent X-Processor 4 as a processing engine and the homegrown X-Trans color filter array that delivers beautiful colors.

Moving on this camera has a pretty advanced autofocus system that combines the features of contrast-detect and phase-detect systems. It has 425 focus points, that work perfectly with both manual and auto modes. Combined with its low light performance that works rather well with the ISO performance that spans from 160 to 12,800 this camera is amazing.

How to Buy a Digital Camera

1. Determine what you need

A mistake I see some digital camera buyers making is that they get sucked into buying cameras that are beyond what they really need. Some questions to ask yourself before you go shopping:

  • What do you need the camera for?
  • What type of photography will you be doing? (portraits, landscapes, macro, sports)
  • What conditions will you be largely photographing in? (indoors, outdoors, low light, bright light)
  • Will you largely stay in auto mode or do you want to learn the art of photography?
  • What experience level do you have with cameras?
  • What type of features are you looking for? (long zoom, image stabilization, large LCD display etc)
  • How important is size and portability to you?
  • What is your budget?

Ask yourself these questions before you go to buy a camera and you’ll be in a much better position to make a decision when you see what’s on offer. You’ll probably find the sales person asks you this question anyway – so to have thought about it before hand will help them help you get the right digital camera.

2. Megapixels are NOT everything

One of the features that you’ll see used to sell digital cameras is how many megapixels a digital camera has.

When I first got into digital photography, a few years back, the megapixel rating of cameras was actually quite important as most cameras were at the lower end of today’s modern day range and even a 1 megapixel increase was significant.

These days, with most new cameras coming out with at least 5 megapixels, it isn’t so crucial. In fact at the upper end of the range it can actually be a disadvantage to have images that are so large that they take up enormous amounts of space on memory cards and computers.

One of the main questions to ask when it comes to megapixels is ‘Will you be printing shots’? If so – how large will you be going with them? If you’re only printing images at a normal size then anything over 4 or so megapixels will be fine. If you’re going to start blowing your images up you might want to pay the extra money for something at the upper end of what’s on offer today.

3. Keep in mind the ‘extras’


Keep in mind as you look at cameras that the price quoted may not be the final outlay that you need to make as there are a variety of other extras that you might want (or need) to fork out for including:

  • Camera Case
  • Memory Cards
  • Spare Batteries/Recharger
  • Lenses (if you are getting a DSLR)
  • Filters (and other lens attachments)
  • Tripods/Monopods
  • External Flashes
  • Reflectors

Some retailers will bundle such extras with cameras or will at least give a discount when buying more than one item at once. Keep in mind though that what they offer in bundles might not meet you needs. For example it’s common to get a 16 or 32 megabyte memory card with cameras – however these days you’ll probably want something at least of 500 megabytes (if not a gigabyte or two).

4. Do you already own any potentially compatible gear?

Talking of extra gear – one way to save yourself some cash is if you have accessories from previous digital cameras that are compatible with your new one.

For example memory cards, batteries, lenses (remember that many film camera lenses are actually compatible with digital SLRs from the same manufacturers), flashes, filters etc.

5. DSLR or Point and Shoot?

Dslr-Point-And-ShootWhile digital SLRs are getting more affordable they are not for everyone. Keep in mind that they are usually bigger, heavier, harder to keep clean (if you’re changing lenses) and can be more complicated to operate than point and shoot. Of course there are some upsides also.

If you’re trying to make a decision between a point and shoot and DSLR you might want to read my previous posts titled Should you buy a DSLR or a Point and Shoot Digital Camera? and it’s companion piece How to Choose a DSLR.

6. Optical Zooms are King

Not all ‘zooms’ are created equal.

When you’re looking at different models of digital cameras you’ll often hear their zooms talked about in two ways. Firstly there’s the ‘optical zoom’ and then there’s the ‘digital zoom’.

I would highly recommend that you only take into consideration the ‘optical zoom’ when making a decision about which camera to buy. Digital zooms simply enlarge the pixels in your shot which does make your subject look bigger, but it also makes it look more pixelated and your picture ‘noisier’ (like when you go up close to your TV).

If you’re looking for a zoom lens make sure it’s an optical zoom (most modern cameras have them of at least 3x in length – ie they’ll make your subject three times as big – with an increasing array of ‘super zooms’ coming onto the market at up to 12x Optical Zoom).

7. Read reviews

Before buying a digital camera take the time to do a little research. Don’t JUST rely upon the advice of the helpful sales person (who may or may not know anything about cameras and who may or may not have sales incentives for the camera they are recommending).

Read some reviews in digital camera magazines or online to help you narrow down the field. There are some great websites around that give expert and user reviews on virtually every camera on the market – use this wonderful and free resource.

A little self promotion here – one such site is my Digital Photography Blog which is a site that collates the reviews of many sites from around the web. To use it best enter the camera’s model name that you’re looking for a review on in the search feature in the top right side bar. It’ll give you a link to a central page that has information on the camera as well as links to any reviews published online on that camera from around the web.

8. Hands On Experience

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Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a handful of cameras head into your local digital camera shop and ask to see and play with them. There’s nothing like having the camera in your hands to work out whether it suits your needs.

When I shop for a camera I generally use the web to find reviews, then I head into a street in my city with 4 camera shops side by side and I go from shop to shop asking for recommendations and seeing the cameras live in the flash. In doing this I generally find the same camera or two are recommended in most shops and I get to see them demonstrated by different people (this gives a more well rounded demo). I also get to play with it and get a feel for which one I could see myself using.

9. Negotiate

After you’ve selected the right digital camera for you it’s time to find the best price.

Once again, I generally start online (on a site like our store) and do some searches to find the most competitive prices on the models I’m interested in. With these in hand I’m in a good position to be able to negotiate in person with local stores and/or with online stores. I generally find that retail stores will negotiate on price and will often throw in freebies. Online stores are more difficult – most bigger ones don’t give you the ability to negotiate but smaller ones often will if you email them.

Don’t forget to ask for free or discounted bonuses including camera cases, memory cards, extra batteries, filters, free prints, cases etc. I even know of a couple of stores that offer camera lessons that you can ask to be included. Some stores will also consider giving you a trade in on older gear.

I generally do negotiating from home on the phone and only go into a store to pick up the camera after a price is agreed upon.

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